Today is RU OK? day, which came to be after Gavin Larkin lost his much-loved father Barry Larkin to suicide. As too many other families and friends have experienced after losing a loved one to suicide, whilst grieving their loss they are left facing endless questions.
It was in 2009, when Gavin Larkin chose to champion just one question to honour his father and to try and protect other families from the pain his endured.
“Our mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.” Source ruok.org.au
As the Founder of Being Mindful Matters, I share the passion of the late Gavin Larkin and Janina Nearn (who helped to establish RUOK?) to inspire and empower people to connect to others. I believe RU OK? day matters as it reminds us all of the importance of being mindful to check if our friends and family are okay.
My experience has taught me, for people to enjoy meaningful lives, they need to be able to make meaningful connections and relationships with others, which begins with learning to love, accept and connect to the Self. I believe supporting people to realise and live as ‘I am worthy’, worthy of peace and happiness, is the key.
The same key that unlocks the dark empty space of loneliness and disconnection to the world and fills it with the light of the truth. You are never alone, we are all connected, and we all belong. When we come to realise this truth, differences that used to separate and isolate us begin to dissolve, and our love of self and others grows.
Asking someone the simple question of RU OK? is a way of letting someone know they are not alone, they are connected, and they do belong.
There is some great information on the website ruok.org.au that supports people to check in if they’re prepared to ask and how to ask someone ‘R U OK?.
Why not check it out for yourself? And if you or someone you know are not okay, please seek help.